Essential Books For the Entrepreneurs’ Bookshelf

The following is a collection of top 40 books out of 100 or so books I have read on entrepreneurship. I highly recommend adding them to your reading list if you haven’t read one.

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Zero to One — By Peter Thiel

Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future 

The Four Steps to the Epiphany by [Blank, Steve]

The Four Steps to the Epiphany — By Steve Blank

Successful Strategies for Products that Win

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The Lean Startup — By Eric Ries

How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Principles: Life and Work — By Ray Dalio

In Principles, Dalio lays out the most effective ways for individuals and organizations to make decisions, approach challenges, and build strong teams.

Competing Against Luck — By Clayton M. Christensen

The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice

Straight Talk for Startups — By Randy Komisar

100 Insider Rules for Beating the Odds — From Mastering the Fundamentals to Selecting Investors, Fundraising, Managing Boards, and Achieving Liquidity.

Disciplined Entrepreneurship — By Bill Aulet

24 Steps to a Successful Startup.

Traction — By Gabriel Weinberg, Justin Mares

How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth.

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The Hard Thing About Hard Things — By Ben Horowitz

Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers.

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The E-Myth Revisited — By Michael E. Gerber

Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

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Influence — By Robert B. Cialdini

The Psychology of Persuasion.

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The War of Art — By Steven Pressfield

Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

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Shoe Dog — By Phil Knight

A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

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Good to Great — By Jim Collins

Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t

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Built to Sell — By John Warrillow

Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You

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Blue Ocean Strategy — By W. Chan Kim, Renee Mauborgne

How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant

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The Power of Habit — By Charles Duhigg

Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

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The Effective Executive — By Peter F. Drucker

The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

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Elon Musk — By Ashlee Vance

Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

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Anything You Want — By Derek Sivers

40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

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The Power of Full Engagement — By Jim Loehr, Tony Schwartz

Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

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Lost and Founder — By Rand Fishkin

A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World


The Dip — By Seth Godin

A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)

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Crossing the Chasm — By Geoffrey A. Moore

Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers

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Hooked — By Nir Eyal

How to Build Habit-Forming Products

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Antifragile — By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Things That Gain from Disorder

Skin in the game — By Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

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Business Model Generation — By Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur

A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers

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Founders at Work — By Jessica Livingston

Stories of Startups’ Early Days

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Creativity, Inc. — By Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace

Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

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The Snowball — By Alice Schroeder

Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

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The Artist’s Way — By Julia Cameron

Just Listen — By Mark Goulston

Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

Rework — By Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

Business Stripped Bare — By Richard Branson

Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur

Poke the Box — By Seth Godin

If you’re stuck at the starting line, you don’t need more time or permission. You don’t need to wait for a boss’s okay or to be told to push the button; you just need to poke. 

The Innovator’s Solution — By Clayton M. Christensen

Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth

When Things Fall Apart — By Pema Chodron

Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Turning Pro - by Steven Pressfield

Turning Pro — By Steven Pressfield

Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work

The Personal MBA — By Josh Kaufman

Master the Art of Business

Start Small, Stay Small — By Rob Walling, Mike Taber

A Developer’s Guide to Launching a Startup

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